Travelers to Ontario, Ore., generally have chosen from the city’s wealth of hotels and motels to plan their stay, according to Malheur Enterprises.
Now, a third option is coming – a new RV park with 170 sites, planned for the intersection of Southeast Third Avenue and Southeast Fifth Street.
The closest RV parks to Ontario now are Vale Trails RV in Vale and one in Caldwell, Idaho. A city report said that market research has demonstrated high demand for an RV park in the area.
The city “has been working for several years to promote the development of an RV Park in Ontario to provide the need for the traveling recreational public to stay and shop in Ontario and to provide for a need for an RV Park for longer term stays by citizens using recreational vehicles as their homes,” according to the report.
Dan Cummings, Ontario’s community development director, said that “there’s quite a bit yet to happen” before anyone parks a rig in Ontario.
The rezoning of the land that will be used for the RV park is the first step, scheduled for the Ontario Planning Commission on Feb. 8.
After that, owner Mike Hanigan and developer Paul Hilbig will produce a site plan, with construction starting in the late spring or early summer.
“Along with outdoor recreational facilities such as a pickle ball court, the park will have a clubhouse with a laundry room, several private bathrooms with showers, and a large open room for those staying at the park,” said Hilbig. “The individual RV sites will be wider than average to provide an inviting, open feel we feel our customers will appreciate.”
Cummings said that the proposed timeline for the park’s construction is ambitious, but that he is hopeful that it can be carried out.